Homelessness Statistics for Polk, IA

, Iowa

Total Homeless persons in Polk County Iowa in 2019

681

There are an estimated 681 homeless individuals in Polk County Iowa. That is a -11% change from 2018.

The homelessness statistics listed are collected from HUD and from the Homeless Shelter Directory database for 2019

Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered individuals in families

123

There are 123 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered individuals in families

0

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered
Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered individuals

466

There are 123 in Polk that are sheltered with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered individuals

92

There are 123 in Polk that are unsheltered with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered families

39

There are 39 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered families

0

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered

Total Homeless families in Polk County Iowa in 2019

39

There are an estimated 681 homeless individuals in Polk County Iowa. That is a -11% change from 2018.

Chronic Homelessness in Polk County Iowa

Total Chronic Homeless in Polk County Iowa

95

There are -3 less homeless individuals in Polk County Iowa than in 2018. That is a -3% drop .

What is Chronic Homeless?

Chronic homelessness refers to people who have found themselves experiencing homelessness repeatedly and is often accompanied with mental ilness or substance abuse.

Chronically homeless individuals have been on the streets for a long time, potentially years.

Sheltered Chronic

Sheltered chronic

51

There are 39 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered Chronic

Unsheltered Chronic

44

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered

Veteran Homelessness in Polk County Iowa

sheltered_veteran

Sheltered

50

unsheltered_veteran

Unsheltered

7

Total Veteran Homeless

57

There are more homeless individuals in Polk County Iowa than in 2018. That is a % increase.

Youth Homelessness in Polk County Iowa

sheltered_youth

Sheltered

46

unsheltered_youth

Unsheltered

7

Total Homeless Youth

53

There are -17 more homeless youths in Polk County Iowa than in 2018. That is a -24% drop .

Housing Inventory

Total number of beds in Polk County Iowa

1,479

This figure represents the total number of beds available in all categories of Housing.

Total number of shelters in Polk County Iowa

4

What are Emergency Shelters?

Emergency Shelters are places where the homeless can find a safe place to stay in case of sudden loss of housing. There are about 416 emergency shelter beds in Polk County.

What is Transitional Housing?

Transitional Housing are shelters intended to temporarily care for the displaced or chronically homeless population. There are about 216 Transitional Housing beds in Polk County.

What is Permanent Supportive Housing?

Permanent Supportive Housing is a long-term housing service for the elderly or vulnurable population struggling to stay above the poverty line. There are about 506 Permanent Supportive Housing beds in Polk County.

What is Rapid Re-Housing?

Rapid re-housing is a short-term rental assistance service with the purpose of helping people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. There are about 150 Rapid Re-Housing beds in Polk County.

Polk, Iowa Homeless Shelters and Services

4 Listings in city

Hope Center for Women and Children

Hope Center for Women and Children

Des Moines, IA

Women's and children's family shelter. Provides 2 year residential and recovery program. Located at 3333 E. University Avenue in Des Moines, our Hope Family Center includes three eight-bedroom [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Oct 6, 2014
Bethel Mission Men's Shelter

Bethel Mission Men's Shelter

Des Moines, IA

Men's homeless shelter. Provides meals, bible study, christian counseling, and case management. 110 bed emergency shelter for homeless men. Through our rescue services, we [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Mar 2, 2020
Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Des Moines, IA

Our Mission Central Iowa Shelter & Service's mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move tow [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Mar 2, 2020
Freedom for Youth Ministries

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Des Moines, IA

We have two Christ Centered Transitional homes for young adults (ages 18-22). The Promise House for Young Men and Safe Haven for young women. The Young Adults may live in our Freedom Transitional [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Sep 3, 2014

Point-In-Time Count Summary

Total Homeless Total Families Total Chronic Total Veterans Total Youth
2015
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
474
93
263
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


92
0


62
44


98
14


51
1
2015 Total 830 92 106 112 52
2016
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
489
69
235
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


77
0


33
30


84
13


37
2
2016 Total 793 77 63 97 39
2017
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
482
52
142
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


49
0


34
37


72
6


38
1
2017 Total 676 49 71 78 39
2018
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
505
107
152
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


49
0


52
46


80
12


61
9
2018 Total 764 49 98 92 70
2019
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
466
92
123
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


39
0


51
44


50
7


46
7
2019 Total 681 39 95 57 53
*Key
  • SI: Individuals in shelters
  • UI: Unsheltered individuals
  • IFS: Individuals in families shelters
  • UIF : Unsheltered individuals in families
  • S: Sheltered
  • H: Homeless

Homelessness Behavioral and Performance Statistics

Avg days* Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Return rate* Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months 1st time* Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Temp 2 Perm* Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Supp 2 Perm* Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH
2015 70 15.2% 2547 38.1% 92.1%
2016 70 12.0% 2701 29.2% 89.6%
2017 65 11.1% 2696 29.2% 90.6%
2018 69 12.7% 2358 27.9% 92.9%
2019 65 11.4% 2478 27.9% 96.4%
*Key
  • Avg days: Average Length of Time Homeless (days)
  • Return rate: Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months
  • 1st time: Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time
  • Temp 2 Perm : Rate People Exit from Emergency Shelters, Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, and Rapid Re-housing to Permanent Housing
  • Supportive 2 Perm: Rate People in Permanent Supportive Housing and Other Permanent Housing Retain or Exit to Permanent Housing

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